How to End a Pandemic

Anna Barry — Going From Photography to Public Health Journalism, The Factors That Go Into How Public Health Officials Inform The Public, Untangling The Threads of Ever-changing Information, Tensions Between State and Local Policy Makers (#1)

April 16, 2023 Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University Season 1 Episode 1
How to End a Pandemic
Anna Barry — Going From Photography to Public Health Journalism, The Factors That Go Into How Public Health Officials Inform The Public, Untangling The Threads of Ever-changing Information, Tensions Between State and Local Policy Makers (#1)
Show Notes

Quote: "It became a continious debate over who/what would be impacted by response efforts. Was it worth closing schools to keep businesses open? Only time will tell."

From her humble start as a traveling photographer, Anna Barry-Jester walks us through how she became a public  health journalist in the midst of a recession. This exciting role investigating the intersection of health and politics came with the difficult responsibility of balancing priorities in the newsroom. Reporting on Covid-19 statistics mid- pandemic wasn't necessarily profitable to an agency, but she felt that doing so was part of her journalistic responsibility. Even then however, she (alongside many other health journalists at the time) came to realize that untangling the various threads of information and misinformation that had reached the public eye might require more concentrated efforts to break down the media's hyper-partisan tendencies and create a more unified healthcare system.

Links:
Link Tree: http://www.annabarryjester.com/